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May 13th, 2019

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love”.  Jean Vanier

Congratulations To Our Co-Ed Football Team

Congratulations to our Football Team who won the Championship at the Notre Dame Tournament on Friday. The team went undefeated in the tournament!  Thank you to Mr. Sloan and Mr. Lofts for coaching the team!

Thank You Parents!!!

Thank you for joining us this week for Catholic Education Week here at St. Gabriel School  as students and staff showcased activities and reflections that celebrate the distinctiveness of Catholic education.

Parent Volunteers Needed For The Spring Fling on June 6th

Our Third Annual Spring Fling BBQ is quickly approaching.  We are in need of volunteers for this event.  If you can assist us by volunteers for part of the event it would be greatly appreciated.  Please click HERE to sign up to assist at the Spring Fling.  Thank You!!!

Senior Kindergarten Graduation Pictures – May 13th

Edge Imaging will be at St. Gabriel School on the morning of Monday, May 13th to take Graduation Photos of our Senior Kindergarten students.

Kindergarten Orientation Night – Thursday, May 16th

St. Gabriel School’s Kindergarten Orientation takes place this Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm.  If you have a child starting Junior Kindergarten in September or a child new to our school for Senior Kindergarten in September, please join us Thursday evening.

Soccer Tournaments This Week

Good luck to our Girls and Boys Soccer Teams who will be participating in tournaments at  Notre Dame this week.  The girls play on Wednesday, May 15th and the boys play on Thursday, May 16th.  Thank you to our coaches Mrs. Melfi and Mrs. Zvonar!

 First Communion

Our Grade 2 students will be making their First Holy Communion next Saturday, May 25th at 1:30pm.

Happy Mother’s Day

We wish the mothers in our parent community a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday!!!

Promoting Well-Being – Mental Health for All Children and Youth

What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?

  • The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development.
  • Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
  • Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.
  • For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.
  • For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that supports and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.

What can parents do?

  • The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
  • Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
  • Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.
  • “Sometimes you just can tell that something is not right.” ~https://www.sickkidscmh.ca

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Wishing you a great week!  – the Staff of St. Gabriel School

Elementary PrincipalMay 13th, 2019